TEXAS TWO-STEP Padres rookie and cowboy-hat enthusiast Chris Paddack takes on another notable Texan in a matchup with Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw. Paddack (3-1, 1.55) has become a fan favorite in San Diego for his Western get-ups, wearing cowboy hats and boots to the stadium on game day. He's coming off his best start yet, striking out 11 over 7 2/3 innings in a 4-0 win over Jacob deGrom and the Mets. Los Angeles has won every game started by Kershaw (2-0, 3.31) this season.
QUICK WORK Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks has been on a most efficient roll, something he'll try to continue against Cincinnati. He delivered an 81-pitch shutout against St. Louis on May 3, then followed with eight solid innings against Miami, allowing an unearned run while throwing 96 pitches. The Reds will counter with righty Tanner Roark (3-1, 3.27).
PETEY ON HOLD Dustin Pedroia's injury rehab assignment has been put on hold following a setback with his lingering left knee injury. The Red Sox second baseman was scratched from a game with Double-A Portland on Saturday, and his return from the rehab assignment was announced Monday. Boston hasn't announced a next move for the 35-year-old.
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